A Charming Reminder That When All Is Flooded, You Can Still Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Torrential rains in Linyi, Shandong province have caused massive flooding, but not everyone’s mood has been dampened. In the above video, while others slog through knee-deep water or try their damnedest to plow through it in cars, a father and son row an inflatable boat, content to go nowhere at all. More than a few onlookers have smiles on their faces as they take pictures with their camera phones. I don’t want to venture all the way down Corny Alley, but as Weibo user Xieyin notes, “The most fortunate thing a person can have in life can’t beat having an optimistic father; this scene makes me think of [the movie] ‘Life is Beautiful.’”

I’ve edited the YouTube version a little for brevity, but you can find the original on Youku — it’s been viewed 928,000 times in 17 hours — after the jump.

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